SUDBURY, ON –  Health Sciences North (HSN) is making exciting changes to the West side of the building as construction for the new Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan Suite began in early June. 

Today, HSN and the Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) along with many community members celebrated the start of the construction. 

The PET Scan Suite is being built on stilts at the back of the Ramsey Lake Health Centre. This includes a 4,500 sq. ft. expansion of HSN’s Nuclear Medicine Department, located on Level 2.

Since 2010, the NCF Sam Bruno P.E.T. Scan Fund has raised funds for the PET scanner in honor of Sam Bruno, who passed away eight years ago. Before he died, he lobbied and launched a fundraising campaign to acquire a PET scan machine for HSN. 

Support has been overwhelming with communities across the northeast contributing $4.3 million to the project. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has provided $4.6 million toward construction costs for the PET suite and up to $1.6 million in annual operating funding. 

Construction of the PET scanner suite is expected to be complete by Winter 2019 with the first scan of the GE Discovery MI expected to take place by Summer 2019. The PET will save over 477,000 km in health travel annually.